Soft and Sweet Hats
- Main Yarn: Koigu's Kersti Merino Crepe, 100% merino wool. This color is #0000.
- Hearts Hat: 1 (1, 2) skeins
- Stripes Hat: 1 (1, 1) skein
- Anchor Hat: 1 (1, 2) skeins
- Contrast Yarn: Joseph Galler's Belangor, 100% angora. These colors, from the top, are Pink, Oatmeal and Dark Grey.
- Hearts Hat: 1 (1, 1) ball
- Stripes Hat: 1 (1, 2) balls
- Anchor Hat: 1 (1, 1) ball
- A US #4, 16-inch circular needle
- A set of US #4 double pointed needles
- Clover's Small Pom Pom Maker (optional, make your own cardboard template if you prefer!)
7 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette
Baby (Toddler, Child): 12 (14 1/2, 16 3/4) inches in circumference
NOTE: To make a different size Stripes or Anchor Hat, cast on any even-numbered multiple of 9. If you're planning to make the Hearts Hat, cast on any multiple of 18. CUFF Cast on 90 (108, 126) stitches onto the circular needles. Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches. Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round. Repeat Round until piece measure 3/4 (1, 1 1/2) inches from cast on edge. BODY Knit every round until piece measures 5 (5 1/2, 6) inches from cast on edge. CROWN (Note: Switch to the double pointed needles whenever the stitches no longer fit comfortably on the circular needles.) Round 1: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 80 (96, 112) stitches Round 2: Knit. Round 3: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 70 (84, 98) stitches Round 4: Knit. Round 5: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 60 (72, 84) stitches Round 6: Knit. Round 7: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 50 (60, 70) stitches Round 8: Knit. Round 9: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 40 (48, 56) stitches Round 10: Knit. Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 30 (36, 42) stitches Round 12: Knit. Round 13: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 20 (24, 28) stitches Round 14: Knit. Round 15: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 10 (12, 14) stitches Round 16: Knit. Round 17: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 5 (6, 7) stitches Cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches. Weave in the ends. POM POM Using the larger template of the Small Pom Pom Maker, make an approximately 2-inch-in-diameter pom pom. (Or make your own cardboard template.) Use the Main Yarn, the Contrast Yarn or a combination of both! Bring the tails through the top of the hat to the inside, tie a tight knot and weave in the ends. Gently block your hat and you're done!
With the Main Yarn, knit the Cuff according to the Basic Hat pattern, above. Then knit every round until piece measures 1 1/4 (1 3/4, 2 1/2) inches from the cast on edge. Introducing the Contrast Yarn, knit the next 12 rounds according to the chart below. Starting in the bottom right corner, read every line from right to left. Repeat each line to the end of the round, then move up the chart one line for the next round. Be sure to keep the strands across the back of the work loose. I find the best way to do this is to shove the stitches on the right needle far over to the right so that the new color has to stretch to reach the left needle. This creates perfect slack, preventing buckling and tightness. Once you've finished the chart, continue to knit the rest of the hat with the Main Yarn according to the Basic Hat pattern, above.
NOTE: For some helpful tips for knitting stripes in the round visit our Tutorial right here! With the Main Yarn, knit the Cuff according to the Basic Hat pattern, above. *With the Main Yarn, knit 4 rounds. With the Contrast Yarn, knit 2 rounds. Repeat from * to the end of the hat, continuing the stripe pattern throughout the crown shaping.
With the Main Yarn, make a Basic Hat according to the Basic Hat pattern, above. Then, with the Contrast Yarn, use Duplicate Stitch to embroider the design from this chart to the front of the hat. Start the design 1/2 (3/4, 1) inch above the ribbed cuff.